Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Right Winger

Friends have told me consistently that they they think I am sort of a "right winger", which I find fairly amazing and irritating. To be fair I would probably be similarly irritated if I were called a "left winger" - but in any case I was thinking this morning at all of my views that must lead to this conclusion...

    anti-imperialism taking a heavy-handed approach and imposing on other countries, whether through economic hit-man style financial impositions or bombing is wrong.

    anti-corporatocracy yes, our government is in the pocket of large corporations. yes, this is bad for individuals.

    atheist most right wingers are atheist right?

    firearms for the masses is dangerous although I fully support our right to keep arms, I think packing a gat at the Costco is very dangerous - kinda like swimming pools and motorcycles.

    civil liberties as it turns out, I think all people - yup all types (even Scientologists, racists, and gingers) - have the same right to life, liberty, and property.

    anti-captial punishment Penn and Teller firmed me up on this one, but people do bad things for financial gain, compulsion, or stupidity - the death penalty is not much of a deterrent in any of these cases - it's mostly just to make people feel better. Killing is bad.

    pro-choice killing is bad, and killing babies is bad, but at the end of the day I support a woman's right to choose

So you can see where people would call me a right winger right? Actually, if you can maybe you can explain it to me. I think it comes down to this - if you believe in rationality, free trade, and fundamentally reject the idea that wealth redistribution (whether through corporate favors or high taxes on the most productive members of our society) - then you are "right wing". Am I right?